(The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one's personality. It has its origins in a parlour game popularized by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.)
Geetansh Bamania worked with KPMG, Flipkart, and Pepperfry before launching consumer leasing startup, Rentomojo. He moved from Mumbai to Bengaluru to launch his startup and has managed to raise $17 million in funding from investors including Accel Partners and IDG Ventures. Now 30, Geetansh is a serial entrepreneur who had earlier launched the skill exchange marketplace Click2skill and the crowd funding platform HopeMonkey. We gave him the Proust questionnaire and here are his responses...
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
It should come from within.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing the people I love and missing opportunities.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
That I don’t give enough time for my personal life.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Which living person do you most admire?
What is your greatest extravagance?
I don’t have any.
What is your current state of mind?
Excited about opportunities.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Intelligence, because people often discount emotional intelligence.
On what occasion do you lie?
The only times I really had to lie was to my parents on late night parties.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I want to be more fit; otherwise nothing.
Which living person do you most despise?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My family and my startup.
Which talent would you most like to have?
The power to change things.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I need to trust people more with execution capabilities.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Yet to happen.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
President of the Globe.
Where would you most like to live?
What is your most treasured possession?
My cell phone.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
What is your favourite occupation?
This phase (of entrepreneurship) - going from 0 to 1.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Thinking outside the box.
What do you most value in your friends?
Who are your favourite writers?
I don’t read much.
Who is your hero of fiction?
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I can’t think of any.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My mom. She is a doctor, and still managed to take care of the home, and raise two boys.
What is your favourite name?
What is it that you most dislike?
What is your greatest regret?
That I didn’t start up earlier.
How would you like to die?
When I am content or really high on life.
What is your motto?
Keep creating things.